Posted by Zoe Boddy-McEwen

Posted 18 September, 2012 OBI NEWS

Following OBI Property’s recent appointment to act as leasing agents on The Zenith Building, the firm is delighted to announce that Manchester architects, AEW, is to relocate to the property, which is situated at the heart of Spring Gardens, in Manchester’s prime core. OBI Property acted on behalf of owners Henderson Global Investors.

AEW will take occupation at the Grade A office building in October, having leased 6,907 sq. ft. on a 10-year lease and 5-year break on the 1st floor. Will Lewis, Partner of OBI Property commented “We are delighted to get involved with Henderson in leasing one of Manchester’s finest office buildings. It is great to already achieve success in agreeing deals to retain Robert Half International in the building and also attract a new occupier in AEW to the building.”

Steve Burne, managing director of AEW commented: “Our business is all about our staff, and they are absolutely delighted with the space and the location. We have a fantastic workforce and this exciting move gives us improved efficiencies and the environment to continue to deliver the best service. The move comes in a year in which we have established our BIM capability and which has seen significant commissions in our key sectors of Retail, Industrial, Student Accommodation, Masterplanning, Hotels and Sport.”

Henderson Global Investors bought The Zenith Building last July and it is one of Manchester’s iconic structures. It features a double height recessed entrance and full height glazed elevations with views over Manchester City Centre and The Pennines.

Marcus Langlands Pearse, director of UK property at Henderson Global Investors commented: “We are delighted to welcome AEW to The Zenith Building. Our letting strategy is proving to be a success allowing us to offer this high-quality space at a competitive price and is attracting the right occupiers. We have a great tenant mix within the building and I am confident that the building’s location and prominence will complement AEW’s growth plans and high calibre client base.”

CBRE advised AEW Architects and OBI Property and Knight Frank advised the landlord.